Foam mattresses and toppers increase in popularity by the day, as people flock to memory and latex foam, in addition to conventional foam options as well. But after decades of traditional mattress, it can be a bit confusing to know what to look for when switching to foam.
Luckily, there are only two main traits you really need to brush-up on to make a confident choice. With an understanding of density and firmness, you'll be able to pick out the perfect product for you.
First, density is a quality and durability assessment. It reflects the weight of a 12" cube of a given foam material, and as more weight is measured, more foam vs open air is included in the foam, meaning it will take longer to break down. Demanding applications like mattresses and couch cushions will benefit from the longer life of higher density foam, lasting for years to come.
Meanwhile, firmness covers how a mattress feels, measured by a compression test. The scale of evaluation is linear, and as numbers increase, so too does firmness. Look for higher values if you like firm bedding, and lower if you like plush, softer bedding.
Lastly, it's important to understand that these traits are independent of each other, meaning you can find foam with the right values for your needs in either category. Armed with this knowledge, picking out the right type of foam for you should be much easier!
Article submitted by The Foam Factory, an online retailer of foam and foam products, with offerings that include mattress topper, pillow, bolster, and body wedge choices in a wide range of foam types.